AURORA | Aurora police said three people were killed and two others were injured after the driver of a van had some kind of medical emergency before striking multiple pedestrians on East Iliff Avenue in the eastern portion of the city Wednesday afternoon.
In a series of tweets, police reported that a 2003 Chevy Astro van struck multiple pedestrians of unknown ages near the intersection of Iliff and South Buckley Road around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
About 40 minutes later, authorities confirmed that two of the pedestrians that had been hit and the driver of a vehicle involved in the collision had died. Two additional people were reported to be injured, though the extent of their wounds was not immediately released.
Aurora Officer Francisco Saucedo told reporters Wednesday afternoon that a passenger, who was in the car that crashed, believed the person driving experienced some sort of unknown medical event and lost control of the vehicle.
“The van ran off the road, onto the sidewalk and struck the pedestrians,” Saucedo said. “The van came to a complete stop after crashing into a tree.”
The three people who were killed were all adults, though their names and ages were not immediately available.
The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will be tasked with identifying the people who died in the coming days.
The westbound lanes of Iliff have been shutdown at the intersection of South Pagosa Way, which is just east of the more central junction with Buckley.